This past year, we have had a precious few members from West Cleveland Baptist Church that have taken the challenge to pursue discipleship as guinea pigs.
You see, I went to a conference that challenged me to “make disciples that make disciples.” I was on board with that concept from the very beginning, but the million dollar question still remained – “How?” I had read books, talked to other pastors, prayed, and even experimented with some of the best advice that was thrown out there. I had attempted T4T, 1-5-1, and had looked into TTI. I probably would be trying some other catchy 3 letter attempt at discipleship if things hadn’t come together for me at that conference.
I had come to a point where I thought my only real option left for discipleship was to write my own curriculum. That’s a recipe for feeling overwhelmed and never following through. It’s also completely unnecessary!
Rather than a curriculum, set of books, or special diet, the recipe was simple and literally would cost zero dollars and zero cents. I was challenged to gather a group of Christian men that desired to be disciples. We would commit to a process of Christian growth that would last approximately 1-year, and it would feature:
- Reading through the Bible on a common reading plan (roughly 2 chapters a day/5 days a week)
- Responding to our reading through daily journal entries
- Memorizing Scripture (we used the Navigators Topical Memory System – 1 verse a week)
- Accountability for following through on the commands of Christ
- Prayer support
- Reliance on the Holy Spirit
Well – at the end of a year, I can say that I’ve never been more proud in ministry than I am of these men that have walked with me through this process. I found that I needed it as much as anyone – and I’m the pastor!
As our year draws toward the end, the most exciting part of all is about to happen. Rather than addition – we intend to multiply. A group that has walked patiently through the Scriptures should be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Our one small group of four men is praying for a multiplication into 2 groups totaling 10 men. Our ladies group will be following along with their own multiplication just a few weeks later. That may seem insignificant at first glance. But if you will watch the following video, I think you will see how effective multiplication can be in reaching the world with the gospel. I hope you walk away inspired, excited, and hungry to follow the commands of Christ (which includes the command to go make disciples).
If you desire to dig deeper in your faith and trust God for your spiritual growth, let me know as soon as possible so that we can get you plugged into a group of like-minded believers. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 423.519.4890